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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:07/30/2018 9:10 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Facial Recognition Fail: Rep. DeSaulnier Falsely ID'd As Criminal -Amazon's facial recognition technology mistakenly matched 28 members of the U.S. Congress to criminal mug shots. They are not happy. (Patch)

Report: Former Oakland Mayor, Congressman Ron Dellum dies -An ABC7 News report said former Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has died at 82. (BANG)

Orinda Power Outage Affecting Hundreds Of Customers - The outage was first reported just after 4 a.m. (Patch)

Police investing suspicious death of man in Concord -Police are investigating the death of a man inside a Concord home as a homicide, officials said Sunday. (East Bay Times)

BART rider charged with murder after man dies from infected cut - A 20-year-old man has been charged with murder after a stabbing victim died from an infection, police said. (BANG)

Replacing BART's fake cameras with real ones paid off after MacArthur Station stabbings – Report from by  Matier & Ross (SF Chronicle)

One Injured In Martinez House Fire -The homeowner was taken to a hospital with moderate burn injuries, according to a tweet by the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. (SF Gate)

Tullio’s Italian Restaurant closes in Walnut Creek - After decades in the business, the family's patriarch is calling it a career. (BANG)

Are Russian-spy hookers targeting tech leaders and VCs at infamous Silicon Valley ‘cougar nights’? - The region is crawling with Chinese and Russian spies amid an 'epidemic' of espionage, report says. (BANG)

 

OTHER NEWS

The death toll in the Carr Fire rose to six as firefighters continued to battle the blaze over the weekend. A woman and her two young great-grandchildren were among the dead in Redding. (The New York Times)

3 Bay Area firefighters injured while fighting Carr Fire in Shasta County -Contra Costa County is just one of five counties in the Bay Area to send ... Three firefighters from Marin County were hurt in the Carr fire (KGO TV)

INTERACTIVE MAP: Firefighters battling 17 large wildfires across California -Click here to see an interactive map of the fires across California. (KRON)

Urban sprawl and climate change are making areas increasingly vulnerable to wildfires, experts say. (The Associated Press)

Why is traffic on city streets worse? Uber and Lyft to blame, study says - A new study found that ride-sharing services lead to at least a 160 percent increase of cars driving on urban streets. (BANG)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Big residential plans for San Jose rail stop near downtown -Republic hopes that the seven-acre development fits the concept of a transit-oriented project that could help people live near their work (The Mercury News)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY DROPS TO 28%

As Affordable Housing Crisis Grows, HUD Sits on the Sidelines  -The country is in the grips of an escalating housing affordability crisis. (The New York Times)

 

EDUCATION

Learn and Play Montessori Announces Informational Page for Walnut Creek Preschools -The new page helps busy commuting parents find the best (Blog)

Peralta College District fiscal health rated 'negative' by Wall Street analysts -Citing “weak management practices” and financial risks driven by declining enrollment, the bond rating firm Moody’s has downgraded the financial status of the Peralta Community College District to negative. (East Bay Times)

California students are flocking to universities in Arizona. (Sacramento Bee)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Study: county pension benefits soar -Given the huge difference in the size of those funds, that statement appears statistically invidious. (San Diego Reader)

City leaders OK $22M payment to target pension shortfall  -In a move to address its growing unfunded pension liability—the gap ... investment flexibility than the city's investment portfolios with CalPERS (Thousand Oaks Acorn)

Nearby Sierra Madre Says It Has Reduced CalPERS Pension Obligations by 42% -CalPERS pension obligations have increased dramatically for local governments in California in recent years. (Pasadena Now)

Council to ask voters to raise sales tax to fund pensions  -But City Manager Melissa Stevenson Diaz told council the city's payments to CalPERS, the state pension program, are expected to double (The Daily Post)

Camarillo looking beyond CalPERS for pension help -The California Public Employees' Retirement System, or CalPERS, is lowering its expected rates of return, meaning public agencies will have to pay. (Camarillo Acorn)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

California sues Trump administration over small-business health policy… Story

PG&E posts $1 billion loss as debate rages over wildfire claims…Story.

San Francisco coffee shop turns down $40,000 Salesforce contract in immigration protest…Story.

Facebook shareholders try to fire Mark Zuckerberg as chairman because of the 'mishandling' of recent privacy and election meddling scandals…Story.

These are the Top 25 Corporate Philanthropists in the Bay Area…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Can Lafayette's fracking laws save prairie dog lives? Yes, say advocates. -The right to be free from all activities within the city of Lafayette that interfere a healthy climate, some say

 

AND FINALLY…

Someone hijacked Betsy DeVos’s yacht -The US education secretary’s $40 million luxury boat sustained up to $10,000 in scrapes.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Walnut Creek, was one of the 28 members of the U.S. Congress falsely matched to criminal mug shots by Amazon's facial recognition technology. See Local News, above.

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